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Boardmasters bonanza

By Warren Wilkins 15th August 2018

Boardmasters bonanza
Pic: Boardmasters//Andrew Whitton

THOUSANDS of people descended on Newquay to enjoy a world-class line up of musicians and surfers at the Boardmasters surf and music festival.
Businesses benefited from the huge influx of people who visited over the five days to watch the surf action at Fistral Beach and the music festival at Watergate Bay.
Fistral was packed for the World Surf League surf competitions, which saw France’s Edouard Delpero beating Perranporth’s Ben Skinner to win the UGG Men’s Longboard Pro final, whilst the Philippine’s Aping Agudo claimed victory in the UGG Women’s Longboard Pro. Spain’s Andy Crier won the Quiksilver Open, the second in his young career, whilst France’s Juliette Lancome won the Roxy Open, her first ever win.
Fifty thousand festival goers attended the music festival at Watergate Bay, which boasted headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra as well as other world class acts such as Lily Allen, Rag’N’Bone Man, Years & Years, Grandmaster Flash, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kano and Idris Elba.
There was an eclectic mix of indie, dance, dubstep, rap and soul for festivalgoers to feast on at the 12 stages across the festival site as well as lots of home grown talent including Newquay Male Voice Choir and Oll an Gwella who performed on the main stage.
Numerous improvements were put in place at the music festival this year for the safety of revellers, which included a surge barrier, making the site bigger to provide more space and a drug testing facility operated by the charity The Loop. More than 150 people took their drugs to be tested to ensure they were safe and 300 conversations were conducted with people about the reality of what they are taking.
Boardmasters was also more environmentally friendly. Hundreds of bags of waste were collected by campers who paid an additional £10 levy on their tickets, which they could redeem by collecting a bag of waste or mixed recycling. Re-usable plastic glasses helped lessen the amount of waste on the festival site and there were twice daily beach cleans at Watergate Bay and the surrounding beaches. Artists including Rae Morris, Gengahr and Sam Fender joined in to help the volunteers in the beach cleans. A new traffic management system helped lessen the impact on the community.
Newquay Mayor Andy Hannan said: “I found the organisation of the event was up to the usual high standard with a large number of high visibility security personal and marshalls in attendance.
“One noticable improvement was how clean the site was following the introduction of re-usable plastic glasses. It was also obvious how much the site has grown with lots more space to move around and find somewhere quieter to stand or sit down. I didn't witness any anti social behaviour and, overall, it was a friendly enjoyable experience.”

By Warren Wilkins 15th August 2018

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